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Twice a week, we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?

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I’ve been working in various roles for a large organization for the past 10 years since graduating. I’m currently a project manager earning a decent salary, and I’m in my late 20s.

I sometimes enjoy the job and have good prospects, but there is a lot of politics, and it sometimes gets extremely stressful. For the past two years, I’ve had a feeling that it’s not quite the right job for me.

Recently, for my role, I was required to learn some basic computer programming. I instantly loved it, and I’ve been learning for several hours a day after work ever since. The mix of creativity and logic is something I find attractive. Not only that, but I have found out that developers get paid well, generally seem to love their jobs, and have great career prospects. I’m now seriously considering a career switch to become a software developer.

I’m not afraid of the change, but I have no idea how to do it, what it would cost and how long it would be before I was back earning reasonable money again.

I have a first-class degree and a good educational background, including an A-level maths, but no qualifications in computing.

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